300 short stories:: story 178

story: “Nashua”

author: Sara Majka

year: 2016

where: on the golden sofa

note: the kind of story that makes you want to write stories

a line: “I cried some nights as I wanted a child back then and I was almost past the point of being able to have one.”

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300 short stories:: story 176

story: “Saint Andrew’s Hotel”

author: Sara Majka

year: 2016

where: Greece

note: from Cities I’ve Never Lived In

a line: “Peter stayed in the hospital until he was twenty-one; nobody could find his parents, and the hospital had put him to use in the kitchen.”

300 short stories:: story 175

story: “Minitures”

author: Sara Majka

year: 2016

where: Flight to Athens

note: from Cities I’ve Never Lived In

a line: “One day I reached out and touched the man I was tutoring. It didn’t surprise him, but it surprised me.”

300 short stories:: story 174

story: “Reverón’s Dolls”

author: Sara Majka

year: 2016

where: Flight to Athens

note: from Cities I’ve Never Lived In

a line: “Maybe ten or eleven years ago, when I was in the middle of a divorce from a man I still loved, I took the train into the city.”

300 short stories:: story 131

story: Cities I’ve Never Lived In 

author: Sara Majka

year: 2015

where: Fiumicino Airport, Roma

note: As someone who has traveled places grand and bland alone, this story felt sometimes like a mirror.

a line: “I thought that those few people passing out food—with their hands in little plastic gloves, and their cross behind them—should not be our major defense against this kind of poverty; as a defense it felt hopeful, frail, and largely hidden.”

bonus line: “I said that art can end up being compassionate—because you’re trying to communicate to people and that’s a compassionate act—but making it is often unkind.Artists take images and stories from people without telling them, and artists are doing it for their own ends, or for the ends of art. Even if they have morals or set limits, they are still taking from people.” …I think artists know what she means.